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This Odd and Wondrous Calling: The Public and Private Lives of Two Ministers

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  • Posted March 10, 2010

    Treat yourself to this one.

    This heartwarming book is such a friendly and easy read that I found myself flying through it! As I realized I was nearing the final chapters, I slowed WAY down because I didn't want the book to end. The honesty and vulnerability of the authors are captivating. It has traces of the James Herriot innocence and underlying truths, so it was wonderfully refreshing as well. I value it because each time I read a chapter, it has a way of revealing a new message. My only wish is that I could get it on audio!

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  • Posted November 25, 2009

    They show the pastoral life's beauty

    It's easy to write a book bashing the church. It might be easier to write one bashing pastors and the pastoral life.
    Lillian Daniel and Martin Copenhaver do something difficult here, and they make it look easy. They've written a book that makes the pastoral life look beautiful, enviable, luminous. They've given us a book to hand to parishioners and students who have even half a thought of going into ministry, or to give to in-laws who have no clue why we do what we do. "Here," we'll say, and the one will be a bit more likely to enter the parish and the other to appreciate us who do.
    Jason Byassee, Duke Divinity School

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  • Posted November 20, 2009

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    A Great Book

    If you attend church, you may have wondered whether the person preaching has had arguments with a loved one, experienced loss, pain and grief, or, in other words, has lived life the way most of us have -- with more ups and downs than we'd care to count.
    In this very revealing book, the ministers Lillian Daniel and Martin Copenhaver, both of the United Church of Christ, share some of the most intimate details of their lives. They successfully humanize the clergy, showing that they have disagreements with their spouses, experienced difficulties with their children and, sometimes, find it challenging to provide pastoral care to some members of their congregations.
    It couldn't have been easy to write a book like this. Clergy are considered pillars of any community (or should be) and so there's likely a lot of mistaken views about them. As if they're above life's difficult times because they're clergy.
    Both Lillian and Martin demonstrate wonderful writing styles, making this book easy to read.
    I highly recommend this book.

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